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  • Summary: This documentary examines one of the most visionary and influential thinkers of the 20th century, a man who single-handedly altered the way many of us look at history, language, art, and, ultimately, ourselves: the brilliant and iconoclastic French philosopher Jacques Derrida. (Zeitgeist Films)
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  1. Reviewed by: Holly Willis
    The result is fascinating, whether you're smitten by him or his work, or simply intrigued by contemporary thought.
  2. 80
    The movie is ultimately about the philosopher's personality -- if you loved "Lingua Franca" (and what lumpen academoid did not?), you'll certainly dig Derrida.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    An affectionate but aptly complex view of one of our epoch's great philosophers.
  4. 80
    The adoring and adorable documentary on the philosopher Jacques Derrida.
  5. 75
    The result puts a human face on Derrida, and makes one of the great minds of our times interesting and accessible to people who normally couldn't care less.
  6. The sort of film one should probably see either a half-dozen times or not at all. It's a complex, highly ambitious documentary that aptly reflects its subject, contemporary French philosopher Jacques Derrida.
  7. For those unfamiliar with the notoriously camera-averse philosopher and his thoughts, Derrida will most probably prove to be an unenlightening bore.

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